The dynamics of many families has had big changes since the outbreak of Covid-19, and will continue to change as we navigate our way through the new normal.
Resources are available for a variety of topics and activities for your family.
Suddenly in Charge
The closing of schools and preschools linked to the COVID-19 pandemic has sent parents scrambling to find help in taking care of their young children. In some cases, that means older children are helping look after younger kids. "Suddenly in Charge" is a new program aimed at helping older children learn the best ways to handle taking care of younger children. We encourage you to check out the resources on their webpages here.
Bonding through Board Games
Board games have had a resurgence of popularity. If you haven't played one lately, now's the time to sit down with your family and play an old favorite, or try out a new one. Learn all about board games here.
Relationships can be tricky, sometimes, and stressful, too. Throw in something like Covid-19, and you might have the potential for serious issues. These fact sheets have helpful information to avoid disaster.
Benefits have been updated, which may mean families can receive maximum food assistance through May. This document has the details, including links needed to apply for benefits. www.KansasAppleseed.org has SNAP-Ed information, as well.
Families that received reduced-price or free lunches during the 2019-2020 school year may receive additional benefits in Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) to purchase food. This benefit is in addition to benefits already being received. For more information on that benefit, click here.
Kansas Child Nutrition Programs
Sponsors of Kansas Child Nutrition Programs are working hard to provide access to meals for kids 1-18 years of age this summer when school is not in session. Currently there are 307 schools and community organizations distributing healthy and safe meals across our state. A list of locations and phone numbers is available here. Child Nutrition programs provide a steady, reliable market for local products.
The process for getting local foods onto plates in Child Nutrition Programs is a simple one. Guidance for producers is located on the KSDE Child Nutrition & Wellness website. Child Nutrition Programs must document sources for traceability with a vendor letter. The competitive bid process has been waived when supplies are limited during the COVID-19 national emergency GAP certification is voluntary.
Producers can find school nutrition contact information at https://datacentral.ksde.org/nutrition_reports.aspx and can work directly with Child Nutrition Program staff to determine their product needs. There are great opportunities for items to be sold (or donated) to be used in reimbursable meals for Child Nutrition Programs.
Contact Barb Depew, Farm to Plate Project Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-296-0062 with any questions or to explore possibilities to put our State on children's plates this summer and throughout the school year.
Make sure that you have everything you need to serve healthy meals! This guide from www.choosemyplate.gov has tips on food planning, as well as food-related activities for your family.
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